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Zend vs Symfony: Our Take on Frameworks

A web development framework facilitates in improving the performance and efficiency of a website development activity. Web development frameworks are available in abundance with new ones appearing at a rate beyond comprehension, but deciding on a framework to develop sizzling web applications is much more difficult than developing the application. With over 12 years of web development experience under our belt, we have delivered some very cool web applications which were developed on a number of different frameworks. So in this article, we will compare two frameworks that we find too irresistible (Symfony and Zend Framework) which are currently the most popular and largely used PHP development frameworks globally. Open source frameworks have been a milestone in providing free, customizable and economical platforms for application development. Both Zend and Symfony are open source frameworks, with all the inherent benefits of this universal model. With incessant research and development, these two have gained recognition as the next generation web development frameworks. Both are decoupled and component-based and they use almost the same naming, coding and autoloading conventions. According to VsChart.com, Symfony is preferred by 53% and Zend by 47% of developers worldwide. So, here we share our experiences and we hope that by the end of this article you will be able to understand the differences and similarities between these two powerful and competent frameworks. Sponsors and Partners On the one hand, Zend is backed by Zend Technologies and this is its corporate sponsor. Its valued partners, including Google, Microsoft, Adobe and IBM, have further accentuated its popularity. Symfony, on the other hand, is sponsored by a French Company called SensioLabs. It offers a full range...